Lenten Devotional 2021: Day 18

Saturday, March 6 – Selected by Jason Locke – Psalm 23

Porter’s Gate:   Christ Has No Body Now But Yours

Brooklyn Tab:  Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy)

UCC:              Fear Not the Pain  East End Regional Ministries, Toronto | Music Director: Hilary Donaldson

Please return to the devotional entry for Day 11 to learn more about the musicians who perform our weekly musical selections.

The first selection builds from a prayer by Teresa of Avila (circa 1571). Pray these words as you listen, asking God to help you be Jesus with skin on for someone today:

Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
May it be so for me and you, this day and every day.

The Porter’s Gate:
The Porter’s Gate was founded to help worship leaders respond theologically to the pressing questions of our times through the writing of new worship songs and the creation of new liturgical resources. Their third and fourth records (Justice Songs and Lament Songs) were released in September 2020, during the pandemic crisis. Co-founder Megan Wardell writes: “We wanted to release as many songs as we were able to record for use by churches in a time where worship leaders are looking for songs and liturgical resources that give expression to the unusual and troubling circumstances of 2020 that our congregants and neighbors are experiencing…”

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:
The six-time Grammy Award winning choir of the now famous Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City, USA. Known for its rich cultural diversity and deep dedication to sharing the love of God through the medium of music. Their faith expression lands in a more charismatic tradition: the songs are immersive and often include the personal experiences and testimonies of its members.

United Church of Canada:
This is a series of pieces recorded by United Churches in the city of Toronto. Our larger United Church has so much to offer to us – YouTube channels are filling up with wonderful resources, songs, sermons and worship services.